FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2018
Press Release: CIJA to monitor today’s pro-forma hearing in Montreal regarding antisemitic threats
Montréal, QC — On October 24th, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs-Québec (CIJA-Québec) and our partners at Federation CJA were made aware of threats to the Jewish community posted on the Journal de Montréal Facebook page by Robert Gosselin. At the time, we expressed our concern that the comments remained on the Journal de Montréal page after they were flagged and reported.
The SPVM swiftly arrested Gosselin and charged him with incitement to violence, hate, and harassment. Gosselin has since been released on bail and will be appearing in court later this morning for a hearing. CIJA-Quebec Co-chair Rabbi Reuben Poupko issued this statement in response:
“In Pittsburgh, we saw all too well that threats of violence and antisemitism made online can turn into murderous violence offline. While there is presently no increased threat level, as a precaution, the SPVM has increased its presence around our institutions and schools.
“CIJA-Quebec is working diligently to ensure that antisemitic violence generally and our community’s concerns regarding this case specifically are transmitted appropriately to the relevant authorities.
“The internet is today’s most concerning incubator of antisemitism, radicalization, and hate. In the wake of this incident, CIJA is redoubling its efforts to advocate for a federal government-led comprehensive national plan to combat online hate and compel social media providers to enforce their existing codes of conduct more rigorously.
“CIJA and the Jewish community will be watching Gosselin’s trial closely as will the many concerned citizens who will come to witness today’s hearing.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada